Articles by Judy Meyer

 

Bethel files civil action against local developers

By Judy Meyer on July 03, 2013, at 6:59 a.m.
PARIS, Maine — The town has filed a civil lawsuit against Bethel developers and restaurant owners Rick and Ron Savage, accusing the brothers of multiple violations of the municipal sign ordinance. The alleged violations date to March 14, 2012, and the town is seeking fines of up to $2,500 per …

Bethel man files wrongful arrest suit against town, Oxford County Sheriff

By Judy Meyer on June 12, 2013, at 2:29 p.m.
BETHEL, Maine — Bethel developer and restaurant owner Rick Savage Sr. has filed a federal suit against the town of Bethel and Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant, among others, seeking damages for what he claims was an excessively forceful, wrongful arrest last year. According to Savage’s claim, filed in U.S. …
Casalinova Development Group has announced it will be build a 80-120 room hotel across the street from the Oxford Casino.

Hotel to be built across street from Oxford Casino

By Judy Meyer on June 06, 2013, at 11:29 a.m.
OXFORD, Maine — One year after the Oxford Casino opened for business, Casalinova Development Group announced Thursday that it will build an 80-120 room hotel with meeting and conference space and a family-style restaurant across the street from the casino. It will replace Crestholm Farm, which is a beef farm …
James Chamberlain of Waterville pleads his case to the Governor’'s Board on Executive Clemency in Augusta in January. His petition for pardon of a drug trafficking conviction was not granted.

Hundreds seek pardons of criminal convictions in Maine each year, but few are granted

By Judy Meyer on June 02, 2013, at 6:29 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — When Timothy Stotz was 19, he and a couple of buddies sneaked into the closed Topsham Fairgrounds, hungry for fried dough. The dough kiosk was locked, so they broke in. A nearby security guard heard the ruckus and called police. After a short chase, Stotz and his …

Maine legislator wants state to reconsider his unemployment claim

By Judy Meyer on April 18, 2013, at 4:27 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Last week, on the same day the Sun Journal reported allegations of political pressure being exerted on hearings officers at the Maine Bureau of Unemployment, the first claim to reopen a 2012 case was filed with the state. State Rep. Henry John Bear, who represents the Houlton …
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Undue political pressure violates process, expert on labor law says

By Judy Meyer on April 11, 2013, at 3:21 p.m.
LEWISTON — An expert on unemployment labor law said Wednesday that any undue political pressure exerted on the unemployment appeal hearing process violates the statutory fair hearing process. “The whole premise of the system,” said Rick McHugh, senior staff attorney with the National Employment Law Project in New York, “is …
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Law court upholds Mexico man’s sentence for 2009 Rumford double murder

By Judy Meyer on Feb. 05, 2013, at 7:31 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has upheld a lower court’s criminal sentencing of Eric Hamel, convicted of a 2009 double murder in Rumford. Hamel will serve two full and concurrent 45-year sentences imposed by the Oxford County Superior Court. Hamel, 22, of Mexico pleaded guilty in 2010 …
Danika DeMayo, seriously injured in a car accident on Route 4 in Auburn last August, is now healing and doing well in school. "We are blessed," her mother, Amy Liberman, said, as DeMayo enjoyed Christmas Day with her family at their home in Bryant Pond.

Woodstock girl, 5, making remarkable progress recovering from skull fracture suffered in car accident

By Judy Meyer on Jan. 02, 2013, at 6:34 a.m.
AUBURN, Maine — On Aug.6, Danika DeMayo was seriously injured in a car accident at the intersection of Route 4 and Lake Shore Drive, joining a long list of people who have been injured at that spot. It’s a day her family will never forget — and an event that …
Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald

Lewiston mayor suggests law to limit out-of-state welfare-seekers

By Judy Meyer on Dec. 13, 2012, at 8:55 p.m.
LEWISTON — A meeting between parents and local school officials got ugly Wednesday night when Mayor Robert Macdonald suggested a legislative remedy to discourage “Brockton,” Mass., welfare seekers from moving to Lewiston. The meeting, held at the Geiger Elementary School, was hosted by school officials to get parents’ input on …
Joshua Michaud of Mechanic Falls, standing with his attorney, Allan Lobozzo, apologized for his actions during his sentencing for arson Monday in Androscoggin County Superior Court in Auburn.

Volunteer firefighter pleads guilty to Mechanic Falls arson

By Judy Meyer on Aug. 28, 2012, at 8:40 a.m.
AUBURN, Maine — A former Minot volunteer junior firefighter pleaded guilty Monday to one count of felony arson in connection with a fire at the Loose Caboose Restaurant and Lounge on Maple Street in Mechanic Falls two summers ago. Joshua Michaud, 20, of Mechanic Falls was arrested and charged shortly …

Turner businessman sentenced to house arrest for sex assault

By Judy Meyer on Aug. 28, 2012, at 7:12 a.m.
In addition to the jail time and house arrest, Randall was ordered to undergo counseling and to maintain his financial obligations to his former wife and five children.
Christopher S. Frazer of Lewiston pleaded guilty on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 in Androscoggin County Superior Court in Auburn to welfare fraud and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. He was sentenced to three years in jail, with all but six months suspended, for stealing $3,600 in benefits from Maine’s food stamp program. Standing with Frazer is his attorney Adam Sherman of Lewiston.

Lewiston man pleads guilty to welfare fraud

By Judy Meyer on Aug. 27, 2012, at 3:59 p.m.
AUBURN, Maine — Christopher S. Frazer of Lewiston pleaded guilty Monday to welfare fraud and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. He was sentenced to three years in jail, with all but six months suspended, for stealing $3,600 in benefits from Maine’s food stamp program. Appearing in Androscoggin County Superior Court …
 
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